on financial instruments under the European
fi-compass is a platform for advisory services
Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)
be an important tool for boosting EU agriculture.
Investments, in a variety of forms, will help create a modern, dynamic agri-food
sector to create jobs and enhance growth in the EU. Financial Instruments will
Financial instruments using the European Social Fund
can support a wide range of financially viable
investment projects


New ex-ante assessments featured on fi-compass website

Member States and regions continue to advance with the set-up and implementation of financial instruments co-funded by the European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds. Ex-ante assessments for these financial instruments have been completed for a wide range of different ESI Fund financial instruments and fi-compass is collating information that has been published about these ex-ante assessments in a new section on our website.

EAFRD managing authorities and rural development policy benefits from fi-compass

Implementing financial instruments requires specific knowledge. With the support of fi-compass, managing authorities of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and rural development stakeholders have a possibility to establish the necessary foundations for any future activity in this policy area.

Slovenian financial instrument offers integrated package of business support sources

Slovenia's experiences with a financial instrument that offered investment support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF), with the corresponding national co-financing shares, are the subject of a newly-published fi-compass case study. This Slovenian 'Programme of Financial Engineering Instruments for SMEs' was designed by the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy (in its capacity as managing authority) during the 2007-2013 period. 

Case study (Financial Engineering Instruments for SMEs, Slovenia)

This study describes how European Union co-financed financial instruments mixed with grants contributed to a better business environment under the ‘Programme of Financial Engineering Instruments for small and medium-sized enterprises’.

Targeted coaching services for Rural Development Programmes by fi-compass

Financial instruments using the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) represent useful opportunities to enhance the range of financial services that are available for Europe's agriculture, agri-food sector and the rural economy. Fi-compass is providing targeted coaching services for EAFRD managing authorities to help facilitate this process.

More microfinance advice from fi-compass for European microcredit providers

Advisory work provided by fi-compass EaSI TA continues with a workshop in Skopje, FYROM, on 22-23 September.  This workshop is being arranged as part of the Alliance of Microfinance Organisations' first Regional Microfinance Forum, and fi-compass support will complement the Forum's overall aims for microfinance and financial inclusion.

Member States seminar series: Slovenia

On 21 January 2016, financial instruments delivering ESI Funds were discussed at a seminar in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This seminar is part of a series of national seminars that will have been conducted in almost all EU Member States by mid-April 2016.